SWAT responding to report of barricaded man in Ann Arbor

UPDATE: The 23-year-old man was taken into protective custody without issue after negotiations, Ann Arbor police Detective Lt. Matthew Lige said.

Lige said a mental health episode is believed to have been a part of the incident and the man was being transported to the hospital about 11 a.m.

ANN ARBOR, MI – Police are responding to a report of a barricaded man in an Ann Arbor residence.

Police were called about 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8 to a report of shots fired in the 1400 block of Pear Street, near the corner of Traver Road, Ann Arbor police Detective Lt. Matthew Lige said.

Neighbor Alex Ball said the sound woke him up about 7:45 a.m. Shortly thereafter, he heard another shot and went outside.

“I called 911 and when I turned around a gentleman was walking down my driveway with a butcher knife,” Ball said. “(He) popped out the tire on the vehicle that was parked out on the road and went back up.”

Ball was later evacuated, after trying to take his dog out, he said. 

Lige said police also received a call that a man was seen with a long-gun  damaging vehicles. Police weren’t yet able to get close to the home about 9:30 a.m., but Lige said it’s believed a vehicle had been shot.

They believe the individual involved in both incidents is inside a home, alone, but armed.

His mother was removed from the home without incident, Lige said, and Washtenaw Metro SWAT and the Washtenaw County Crisis Negotiation team is on scene as a precaution, Lige said.

“We have attempted to have him come out, surrender and tell us what happened, and he’s not done that yet,” Lige said. “We’re diligently working to resolve this as peacefully as possible.”

Police have been called to the address before for an emotionally distressed person, and, though it’s not yet been verified, police believe that the person involved in the SWAT situation Monday may be distressed, Lige said.

Police hope to get the man treatment as appropriate.

No one was injured Monday and police don’t believe the incident is a threat to the public, but Traver and Pear are closed and area schools, churches and hospitals were alerted to the situation, Lige said.

The nearby A2 STEAM school was on a soft lockdown due to the incident, with classes ongoing but doors locked and children prohibited from leaving, Ann Arbor Public Schools spokesman Andrew Cluley said. 

Photojournalist Melanie Maxwell and staff writer Lauren Slagter contributed to this story.

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